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iPhone 7 rumored to be capable of shooting 4K at 60FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2016 12:27 pm

Apple's new iPhone is causing a massive stir and it's not even here yet, with our latest report that the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones will ship with 'AirPods' in the box: wireless earphones because the new iPhone will not have a 3.5mm connector.




Another rumor has surfaced on the new iPhone, that is teasing that Apple's next big thing will shoot 4K video at 60FPS. This might not sound like much, but there are no smartphones on the market right now that shoot 4K 60FPS video, but there are plenty that shoot 4K video, just at a much lower 30FPS.


The new iPhone will also reportedly ship with a dual-camera, and it won't just be on the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, but the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 7, too.

Alcatel Shine Lite: Premium design for around $200

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2016 2:10 pm

IFA - Selfies are becoming a big part of our daily lives and Alcatel knows it. That's why they introduced a new phone that doesn't have the best specifications but they swear your selfies will be close to perfection.




The Shine Lite aims for Alcatel's target audience which are so-called millennials. And therefore the price has to be attractive which Alcatel achieved by setting it to $225. This device comes with a metal frame with glass on the front and back which makes the design pretty clean. The Shine Lite comes in three colors - gold, white and black.


The camera, which Alcatel points out as the biggest advantage of this phone, is 13 megapixels and 5 MP for front camera. The selfie camera also has a flash. All selfies are stored in a Selfie Album and you can create videos with an app called Face Show.

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iPhone 7 could have wireless earphones in the box

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 5, 2016 10:51 am

Apple's new iPhone announcement is right around the corner, but ahead of the big unveiling, a new rumor has surface that could see the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus including wireless, Lightning-based 'AirPods' in the box.




AirPods is a product Apple hasn't talked about before, and while this is a very hot rumor, they are the purported wireless earphones that Apple will include with the new iPhone. A large reason behind this would be because the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will reportedly not include a 3.5mm headphone jack, and will instead have a single Lightning connector that will disrupt the market, because of the near infinite market of 3.5mm headphones, speakers and other audio-based products.


If we do see the new iPhone feature wireless earphones in the box, Apple could alleviate many of the issues people have with the new iPhone not including a 3.5mm jack. Apple will reportedly include a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter in the box, so you can still connect your 3.5mm-based speakers or headphones - which would be another great addition.


The only issue with Lightning only is that you can't use your AirPods and charge your iPhone at the same time, and that's a big problem.

Galaxy Note 7 recall: swap your Note 7 for S7 or S7 edge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2016 6:28 am

Samsung has officially recalled the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone worldwide, but what happens now? In the US, Samsung has provided some details on what consumers can expect.




Samsung will exchange your Galaxy Note 7 with a new one in the US, but you can also swap it with the Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge smartphones. Samsung will also replace any Note accessories, and a refund of the price difference if you hand in your Note 7.


The company is also providing $25 gift cards or bill credit with "select carriers" when swapping your Galaxy Note 7 for a new one, with owners needing to contact the retailer they purchased the Note 7 from, or they can call 1-800-SAMSUNG for more information.

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Sony's wireless earpiece lands in November as Xperia Ear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 3, 2016 3:30 am

Sony has teased its wireless earpiece before, but now the Japanese electronics giant has teased at IFA 2016 that it will be launching its new Xperia Ear wireless earpiece in November.




Sony's upcoming Xperia Ear is a wireless earpiece that the company will be launching in November "starting in select markets", with the company keeping the price of Xperia Ear under wraps, for now.


The company says that Xperia Ear will use something that Sony calls an "Agent", that will be your personal, in-ear assistant that is also a window into the super-connected world of Google Now. Sony claims that Xperia Ear should have all-day battery life, and that it is light enough that you can wear it for most of the day without it becoming uncomfortable.

Google's modular smartphone plans reportedly cancelled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 6:24 pm

With news that Google is moving away from the Nexus branding on its upcoming smartphones and into the warm arms of its new Pixel branding, the reports that Google has "suspended" work on its modular smartphone are beyond disappointing.




According to sources of Reuters and Recode, Google has suspended work on Project Ara, and will reportedly license the technology to other partners, but it won't be releasing a modular smartphone. The decision against moving forward with Project Ara is so that Google's hardware development can be unified under former Motorola boss Rick Osterloh.

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Biggest, cheapest 4G network anywhere launches in India

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 7:33 am

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani is about to launch Reliance Jio's mobile services, meaning 4G LTE internet for Earth's second most populous nation as well as free voice calls forever, and a ridiculously cheap data plan.




It's claimed the network is the largest anywhere in the world, and has the cheapest data rates anywhere in the world (1GB of data for 75 cents). Long-term, the plan is to upgrade to 5G and 6G network technology (support is already baked in), and to expand to 90 percent of India's citizens (at launch, 18,000 cities and 200,000 remote areas will be covered).


If you're thinking the deal is too good to be true, you're likely right. The expectation is upon crushing competition and acquiring a massive subscriber base, Reliance will worsen the deal some would describe as unsustainable so as to achieve profitability (a somewhat common business plan). The crushing part has already begun: competitor Airtel (which relies on voice calls for most of its revenue) saw its stock drop 9% today following Reliance's announcement.

Google will call new smartphones Pixel and Pixel XL

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 3:28 am

With Google preparing to launch the purported next-gen Nexus smartphones rumored as being named Nexus M1 and Nexus S1 (M = Marlin and S = Sailfish), we were hit with a rumor in the last 24 hours that Google would drop the Nexus branding from its upcoming smartphones.




Now we have Android Police with an exclusive report from "two independent sources" that Google's upcoming Marlin and Starfish codenamed smartphones will be called Pixel and Pixel XL. Google's purported Pixel will be a 5-inch "Sailfish" smartphone, while the Pixel XL will be the 5.5-inch "Marlin" smartphone - both rocking Android 7.0 Nougat.


The report continues, that Google will market the upcoming Pixel and Pixel XL as the first smartphones built by Google, even though HTC will be manufacturing Marlin and Sailfish. Google will take care of the industrial design, while HTC builds it - an interesting twist on the Nexus branding, with Google wanting its marketing power thrown into the mix.

Huawei launches new nova series of smartphones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:52 am

IFA 2016 - Huawei surprised everyone today at their press event at IFA by not announcing the new Mate 9 phone, as expected. Instead, they had something old, something new and something blue.




We'll start with the new part, as the Chinese giant introduced two new Android phones - the nova and nova plus. Both devices come with a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, expandable with microSD card. Users can choose between three colors - Prestige Gold, Mystic Silver and Titanium Grey.


The nova has 5-inch display, a 12 MP rear camera and a 3020 mAh battery. The nova plus is a bit bigger, with 5.5-inch display, a 16 MP main camera and 3340 mAh battery.

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Google might drop Nexus branding, shift to just 'G' logo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 2, 2016 2:36 am

Here I am reporting that the next-gen Nexus smartphones from Google and HTC were just that, Nexus-branded smartphones in the form of the purported Nexus M1 and Nexus S1 - but new reports are hinting that Google might drop the Nexus branding altogether.




Google is poised to remove the Nexus branding from its upcoming smartphones and replace it with a "G" logo, but then the news gets even more interesting. Google will reportedly load special version of Android 7.0 onto the new "G" smartphones, or whatever the hell Google ends up calling them, instead of a vanilla ROM of Android 7.0 that we all expected.


What's going on: Google has differentiated its hardware and software products with the Nexus branding, as the hardware side of Google was in the form of Nexus smartphones and tablets. Google kept the Google branding for its own software services, so the change - if it turns out to be real - will be an interesting one.